Poultry farmers challenge subpoenas
Poultry farmers in Oklahoma are challenging subpoenas that were
issued to them as part of a lawsuit.
Several poultry producers are being sued by the Oklahoma Attorney-General,
who says that chicken litter used as fertiliser is polluting the water in the
Illinois River watershed.
A Federal Magistrate granted the
Atttorney-General permission to issue the subpoenas, which were delivered to the
producers last month. The subpoenas state that samples of soil, poultry litter
and groundwater are to be taken on the farms and tested for various pollutants
and pathogens as evidence for the lawsuit.
The Magistrate will today
hear the poultry producers' arguments challenging the subpoenas.
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